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What do i see in the mirror

The Internet and social media impact how we perceive ourselves. The gap between what we see online, and everyday life, creates unhealthy expectations for not only our appearance, but also attitudes and lifestyles.

Given that nowadays almost every image has been pumped through photoshop, it’s no wonder we feel inadequate in comparison. It’s normal to want the kinds of beauty and success found on social media, however, here are some tips to embrace the person we see in the mirror.

1. There is no ‘perfect’ body: everyone comes in different shapes and sizes, and it’s this ‘difference’ that makes people unique and special. There is no textbook ideal body type, and it’s unrealistic to appeal to standards we see in the media. These standards are created by cosmetic companies looking to profit off your insecurity.

2. Health ALWAYS trumps appearance: no matter how ‘perfect’ your body is, health should always come first. Our bodies need to be active; they require nurturing and nourishment, which doesn’t come from extreme diets and unhealthy eating habits.

3. Be kind to yourself: people are not machines, and humans weren’t made to be ‘perfect’. We are flawed beings, and negative self-talk and criticism damage your self-esteem and mental stability. Remember, mental health is just as, if not more, important than physical health.

It’s hard living in an age where we feel constantly compared to others. Whether it be friends, family, or those you see online, comparison seems inescapable.

Remember, our differences and individuality, is what makes you special. A world filled with physically ‘perfect’ people would eliminate the things that make us, us.

It seems cliché to say, but truly, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The sting of dissatisfaction with our physical appearance can be brutal and long-lasting, however, I can guarantee that those who love you see beyond skin-deep qualities – so should you.

Change your perspective and uncover a way forward for you!

Here are some things that can help you with that.

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Great
reads

Home Body by Rupi Kaur
This book is a collection of raw, honest conversations with oneself - reminding readers to fill up on love, acceptance, community, family, and embrace change.

Atomic Habits by James Clear
Clears reveals exactly how minuscule changes can grow into such life-altering outcomes through a handful of simple life hacks.

The Body Keeps Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
A world expert presents a sympathetic exploration of the causes of trauma and the new treatments making it possible for sufferers to reclaim their lives

Great
Films

Little Miss Sunshine
A family decide to travel across the country when their daughter wants to participate in a beauty pageant, unaware of what the journey has in store for them.

I Feel Pretty
When an insecure woman wakes up from a nasty fall, she starts believing that she is a beautiful woman and gains the confidence to do things she was previously shying away from.

Dumplin'
Willowdean, an overweight teenager of a yesteryear beauty queen, decides to participate in her mother's Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant to prove a point.

Spotify

This playlist will make you feel like you can conquer the world.

Podcasts

The Verywell Mind Podcast with Amy Morin
This podcast is crammed full of practical discussions and advice on everything from confidence to self-doubt.

The Self Esteem and Confidence Mindset
In this episode Jonny discusses chasing confidence and self-esteem. Sound familiar?

Confidence & Self Esteem Podcast
This episode discusses getting slightly out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself.

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